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This is an auction for POPPY SHAKESPEARE by Clare Allan.

'Poppy Shakespeare has that rare quality: the feel of a book that needed to be written ... It is bitterly, brutally funny and extraordinarily moving' Telegraph 'Catch-22 meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest ... an electrifying debut ... surreal, raucous, infuriating and very funny.'
- The Guardian (UK)

'Funny, lyrical and deeply affecting ... Seize this passionate, unsettling, accomplished debut with both hands.' - The Spectator

`Allen's book ... brilliantly traces the fault-lines beneath the
surface of a personality ... Humour pervades this peculiar world.'
- Daily Telegraph (UK)

'Allen has pulled it off beautifully ... POPPY SHAKESPEARE is an outstanding novel, acknowledging and transcending its many influences to create something all its own.'
- The Independent (US)

From Wikipedia:

"Poppy Shakespeare is a novel about mental illness by Clare Allan. It tells the story of day patients at a mental health hospital. The central characters are Poppy Shakespeare, a new patient, and "N", a long term patient. Poppy arrives at the hospital strongly asserting that she is sane and demanding that she is released from the program. To gain legal aid she must first prove she is sick so that she can get "MAD money", a.k.a. state benefits. She is befriended by N, who helps her work the system. Author Clare Allan spent ten years in a mental health institution. The book was adapted by Cowboy Films to a 90-minute drama shown on Channel 4 on 31 March, 2008 and starred Anna Maxwell Martin as N and Naomie Harris as Poppy..."

Very favourable reviews on

Hardback 2006.

341 pages.

Near new condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $6.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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